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Removing Masks Becomes the First Bipartisan Activity of Biden's Washington

Added 05-13-21 07:40:02pm EST - “After the C.D.C. updated its mask guidance for vaccinated people, President Biden urged Americans to get along as things maybe, possibly start to return to normal.” - Nytimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Nytimes.com: “Removing Masks Becomes the First Bipartisan Activity of Biden’s Washington”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

After the C.D.C. updated its mask guidance for vaccinated people, President Biden urged Americans to get along as things maybe, possibly start to return to normal.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Jill Biden, the first lady, landed in West Virginia on Thursday just as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said that vaccinated Americans could, for the most part, remove their masks. So she did.

After weeks of murky guidance from the C.D.C. on what vaccinated Americans can and cannot do, the sight of a maskless first lady disembarking from her plane went far to clear up confusion — at least in Charleston, where she visited a vaccine clinic for children set up inside a high school.

“We feel naked!” Dr. Biden said to a group of junior military officers and reporters who had gathered outside the school to greet her. Seeming to remember that she was the first lady standing in front of a row of cameras, Dr. Biden paused. “I didn’t mean it that way,” she said.

It was a memorable moment that underscored in a very public way just how isolating these past million or so months have been — for one, small talk is harder than it used to be — and just how suddenly the green light toward normalcy had arrived. (Dr. Biden removed her mask, she said, because she had seen the new guidance on CNN en route to West Virginia.)

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